Thursday, January 28, 2021 | ePaper

RAB arrests Regent Hospital employee, hunt for key suspect Shahed continues

  • Print




The Rapid Action Battalion has arrested Tariq Shibli, the public relations officer of Dhaka's Regent Hospital which has been shut down for allegedly issuing fake COVID-19 test reports and other irregularities.
He was apprehended from the capital's Nakhalpara early Thursday, according to Ashik Billah, director of the RAB's legal and media wing.
The elite police unit obtained important information from Tariq about the scam as law enforcers continue the hunt for the main perpetrator, the hospital's chairman Mohammad Shahed, he said.
On July 6, the RAB received complaints that the hospital had been treating patients in an unclean environment while preparing fake coronavirus test reports.
A RAB mobile court subsequently launched raids on the hospital's headquarters and a branch in Uttara.
The authorities recovered some unauthorised test kits and false test reports during raids. Following the shutdown of the hospital’s headquarters and a branch in Uttara, a RAB mobile court raided Regent Hospital’s Mirpur branch on Wednesday and sealed it off.
As many as 14 allegations of providing false COVID-19 test reports have been brought against the private hospital so far.
The reports were made using seals and pads of a government institution, but the RAB authorities said that those were not verified by RT-PCR tests at any state-own institution.
The RAB later initiated a case against Shahed and 16 others at Uttara West Police Station.
The case alleges that the hospital authorities duped nearly 6,000 patients out of Tk 20.1 million by issuing fake coronavirus tests reports even though it was supposed to provide free treatment for COVID-19. They later forwarded a bill of Tk 19.6 million to the health directorate

Source: bdnews24.com

More News For this Category

CCC polls marred by violence, rigging

Chattogram Bureau  :Two people were killed and many others received injuries in sporadic clashes between supporters and activists of rival parties in the Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) elections on Wednesday.BNP

Nurse Runu becomes first person in Bangladesh to receive Covid-19 vaccine

Nurse Runu becomes first person in Bangladesh to receive Covid-19 vaccine

Staff Reporter :Bangladesh on Wednesday began its long awaiting covid-19 vaccination programme with inoculating the first dose to Runu Veronica Costa, a Senior Staff Nurse at Kurmitola General Hospital, Dhaka.Runu

Bus crash in western Cameroon kills 53 passengers

AP, Yaounde :At least 53 people have died and 21 others were injured in Cameroon when a bus collided with a truck early Wednesday in a village in the western

DMCH among 5 govt hospitals begin vaccination trial run today

Syed Shemul Parvez :About 100 medical staff including physicians, nurses, and members of law enforcement agencies will get jabs at the basement of Dhaka Medical College & Hospital (DMCH)'s emergency

Erfan Selim denied bail over attack on Navy officer

Staff Reporter :The High Court earlier on Wednesday refused to bail Erfan Selim, son of lawmaker Haji Selim, in a case filed over the attack on Lieutenant Wasif Ahmed Khan

Biden raises election meddling with Putin in first phone call

Biden raises election meddling with Putin in first phone call

US President Joe Biden has warned Russian leader Vladimir Putin about election meddling in their first call as counterparts, the White House says.The conversation also included a discussion about the

Recording of witness statement deferred over MC College rape

Our Correspondent :A tribunal in Sylhet on Wednesday the recording of witness statement in a case filed over the gang rape of a newly-wed woman at Murari Chand (MC) College

Tear gas was fired at protesters as police tried to reclaim the streets in Indian capital New Delhi.

Tear gas was fired at protesters as police tried to reclaim the streets in Indian capital New Delhi.

AstraZeneca-EU row escalates over vaccine shortage

The EU is urging pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca to publish their vaccine contract, amid an escalating row over delivery shortfalls.The EU is unhappy with the explanation over the production delays, but

More than 150 charged over US Capitol rampage

AFP :More than 150 people have been charged with federal crimes so far over the January 6 rampage at the US Capitol by supporters of then President Donald Trump, the